For years, dogs trailed behind cats as Britain’s favourite pet. Latest figures show that dogs are becoming more and more popular with men, women and children. For some a fashion accessory, for others a companion; people will adopt or buy a dog nowadays as readily as a pair of shoes. Despite the reason for buying a dog you must ensure you take the proper precautions before bringing your new friend home.
Pets are popular gifts especially around the holidays. Unfortunately, many owners underestimate the commitment involved in taking care of an animal. Below are a few things you should consider before purchasing or adopting a dog.
As well as the financial and social commitment, owners must be aware that they have a legal responsibility for your animal/s. According to the Animals Act 1971, you are liable for injury or damage caused by your dog. As well as Physical injury, dog owners may also be liable if their dog causes one or more of the following:
From April 2011 to April 2012 there was a reported 6,450 admissions for dog attacks and strikes in England. Many of these injuries involved children under the age of 10, with nearly 500 of these incidents requiring plastic surgery to correct the damage. The effects of such attacks can result in surgery, trauma and orthopaedic treatment for victims.
Thankfully, there is a system in place for people who wish to seek compensation for injuries suffered in a dog attack.
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